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Grand Rapids Housing Commission Development News

Updated May 14, 2021

Public Housing Conversion Update

The GRHC continues to work toward converting all units within our Low-Income Public Housing program to Section 8 Project-Based housing. Section 8 provides relatively stable funding that makes it possible to attract private investment in affordable housing; this investment will enable the GRHC to undertake needed renovations at these developments.

Scattered Sites Renovations Completed

Scattered Sites duplex
A Scattered Sites kitchen before and after renovation

A $673,000 renovation project that includes improvements at 20 Scattered Sites units has been completed; the project was funded through HUD Capital Fund program grants. Improvements include...

  • Sewer line and drainage renovations
  • Concrete and driveway repairs
  • Exterior lighting improvements
  • Landscaping improvements
  • Lighting improvements
  • Kitchen improvements, including new flooring, cabinets, counter tops, appliances
  • Energy- and water-saving improvements, including programmable thermostats, "low-flow" toilets, water heaters
  • Exterior and storm door replacement
  • New roofing
  • New smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Affected residents were offered alternate housing while their unit was being renovated.

Adams Park Apartments

Adams Park Apartments

The GRHC plans to convert the 188 units at Adams Park through the Section 18 program that is part of HUD’s Asset Repositioning initiative.

GRHC staff are currently preparing an application for federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits that will be sold to investors to fund $4.6 million in improvements at Adams Park, including...

  • Boiler replacement
  • Trash compactor replacement
  • Exterior lighting improvements
  • Grounds improvements
  • New furniture in the Adams Park gazebo
  • Vinyl flooring replacement
  • Roofing and window replacement/repairs
  • New kitchen and bath cabinets and counter tops

Renovations will get underway when funding is available; no planned improvements will require displacing residents from their homes.

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Antoine Court Construction Update

Construction work at Antoine Court Apartments building site
The Antoine Court Apartments construction site, May 2021

As of May 2021, construction at Antoine Court Apartments is on schedule, with utilities installed, finish work underway on the first floor and installation of ceilings, windows and doors progressing on the upper floors. Located on Division Avenue between Antoine Street SW and Delaware Street SW, the three-story structure will feature fifty 690-square-foot one-bedroom apartments, including five barrier-free units; all units will meet accessibility standards and be designed so that they can be converted to barrier free as needed. The building will also offer a 1,153-square-foot community room.

Supported by the Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program, Antoine Court Apartments will be home to veterans who have a HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Voucher or who are referred by the VA Medical Center in Battle Creek. The development is also open to adults who have a disability as well as seniors ages 62 and older. Supportive services will be customized to meet the needs of each resident and will be coordinated by GRHC staff in partnership with local VA clinics, health care providers and social services agencies as appropriate.

The GRHC leveraged $1.4 million in federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to fund the $13.5 million development project. The GRHC is the developer for Antoine Court; the project architect is Isaac V. Norris & Associates and Triangle Associates is the construction manager/general contractor. Construction will continue through early fall, with an opening target of October 2021.

Architect's rendering of Antoine Court Apartments
Architect’s rendering of Antoine Court Apartments
Floor plan of a typical Antoine Court apartment
Floor plan of a typical Antoine Court apartment

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